These inconsistent, ambiguous, and coded rules are made to be broken. And so really, the question is, who gets away with breaking them, and who doesn’t?
Let me get to the heart of what we mean by accountability.
For too many college victims, reporting an assault to campus authorities is a scary, obstacle-laden process. At small colleges, where it can seem like everyone knows everyone, reporting can be particularly fraught. What if, for instance, your rapist is related to the Title IX Coordinator? (Yes, unfortunately, we’ve seen that.) What if someone on the … Continue reading Better Reporting for Bethel: Student Leaders Discuss Their Resolution to Promote Callisto
When I sketched out the shape of our Education is Power series, I envisioned a three-part release of informative articles that could help people understand what is at stake for sexual violence survivors in an attack on Title IX. That was back in July. I had it planned out so neatly. And then the news … Continue reading Jay’s Story (Education is Power, Part III)
On October 5, Into Account's staff sent the following letter to the administrators of U.S. Mennonite colleges, universities, and seminaries. The list of schools includes our personal alma maters, as well as schools attended by some of the survivors for whom we have advocated (both publicly and privately). The Mennonite, the denominational publication for Mennonite … Continue reading An Open Letter to Administrators
Into Account calls on Mennonite Church USA to remove Virginia Mennonite Conference Minister Clyde Kratz from the search committee for the new Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA, and to replace him with a member MC USA Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention. Take Action Now At the delegate assembly at the MC USA biennial convention … Continue reading To MC USA Executive Board: Don’t feed your climate of abuse. You need experts, not enablers.
One year after the mass murder at Pulse Nightclub, Jay Yoder reflects on leaving the Mennonite Church.
"Launch Your Future," EMU's website shouts in bold capital letters, as they prepare to hand a social work degree to a student who has - by EMU's own finding - committed sexual violence.
The author of today’s post, Erin Bergen, is a leader in the survivor-led movement against sexualized violence at Mennonite colleges. As a student at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, she helped found the Functional Immediate Response Student Safety Team (FIRSST), a group of students committed to ending sexualized and gender-based violence on the Goshen campus. … Continue reading Preaching Peace and Silencing Survivors
Into Account has assessed the reports of witnesses, survivors, and key parties, as well as any available policies and practices at associated organizations and institutions. At Into Account, trusting survivors as credible witnesses to their own experiences is paramount to our mission, and supported by decades of research into the myth of “false reporting.”